The Harlem Globetrotters’ “You Write the Rules” World Tour made its stop in Corpus Christi on Sunday at the American Bank Center. The two-hour event had fun for all ages as the world-famous Globetrotters took on the Global Select for the “world championship.”
Starting the event with a display of their famous basketball tricks to their theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” the team got the crowd ready for the show.
Though it was a close contest throughout the game, the Globetrotters prevailed 112-107 to secure the “championship.”
The fans not only got to interact with the team during the game, they even had a say in how the game was played. As a part of the “You Write the Rules” campaign, a different, unique rule was added to each quarter. The rules of the first three quarters were determined by an online vote, while the final quarter’s rule was chosen by a live vote from the audience.
The first quarter featured the four-point shot. Two spots on each half of the court marked the places 35 feet from the basket that were worth four points. Both teams took advantage of the special spot, as the Globetrotters enjoyed a 28-22 lead after the opening period.
As selected by the fans online, all buckets in the second quarter were double the point value. This caused a major jump in scoring as the Globetrotters went into the break trailing 80-76.
The last rule chosen from the online poll added a second ball to the court for the first two minutes of the third quarter. Two pink basketballs, in honor of breast cancer awareness, made for some interesting possessions for the two teams as the Globetrotters led 98-95 heading into the final quarter. The Globetrotters also sold pink wristbands at the arena with part of the proceeds going towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
The final rule was selected by the volume of the audience. The first three rules implemented in the game were put up to a vote, with the four-point shot getting a second go-round. In the end, the Globetrotters topped the Select for the “world championship” 112-107.